Save the Date: Give BIG on Tuesday, November 28

Give BIG San Bernardino County is less than two weeks away. Mark your calendar for this 24 hour online giving opportunity to support SGWA and all of the work performed by the volunteer crews. The more donors we have, the more chance of SGWA being awarded bonus money, so get ready to Give BIG on November 28!

November Newsletter

Read all about it! Our November newsletter recaps our activities for the 2017 season and recognizes our generous donors as well as our amazing volunteers. Click here for the newsletter.

SGWA Trail Crew on John’s Meadow Trail

Last weekend a dozen or so SGWA volunteers tackled the John’s Meadow Trail. This trail is a popular one, and especially for beginning backpackers and those who aren’t ready for a strenuous hike but still want to get out in the Wilderness. A couple spots were eroded, with big step-ups over boulders and tree roots. The crew moved a ton of rocks and dirt to make this trail just a little easier.  See the entire project album at volunteer John Flippin’s site here.

2017 SGWA Yearbook

The 2017 SGWA yearbook has been published.  All our volunteers are listed along with plenty of pictures of the work we’ve done over the past year.  We were especially happy to have the South Fork trail re-opened! Below is a link to the page where you can download the yearbook in PDF format.

SGWA August Newsletter

They say “Better late than never!” so here is a link to the SGWA August newsletter for your enjoyment.  There is a long article with pictures about the trail work done in the Lake Fire burn area.  August newsletter is at the top of the list.

August Newsletter

September 30 is National Public Lands Day

Celebrate something we all share: National Public Lands! Saturday September 30 is National Public Lands Day, and is a “fee free” day – no Adventure Pass or other fee needed for any of the Federal public lands. Come out and enjoy YOUR public lands.

“Today is the Day I Die”

Do you know the 10 essentials every hiker should have?  Are you prepared if something happens on your hike, or you get lost?

Tony is an experienced hiker who took a wrong turn on Mt. Baldy, had to activate his PLB and was found by West Valley Search and Rescue. Ed Nemeth, a SGWA volunteer and WVSAR member, was part of the team that got Tony out safely.

Tony wants everyone to know that the unthinkable CAN happen. Look at his video and think about what you would do.

Mill Creek Summer Hours end after Labor Day

Mill Creek Visitor Center normally shifts our Weekend hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We are on the last weekend of our Summer Office Hours schedule. Saturday 9/2 and Sunday 9/3 we will open at 7:00 AM and close at 3:30 PM.

Following Labor Day, Saturday 9/9 and Sunday 9/10 our office hours will be the same as Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Any questions, please call us at 909-382-2882

Thurman Flat/Mill Creek Clean-up Day Saturday Sept 2

Everyone is welcome at this community event!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to clean up Thurman Flats and ensure Mill Creek stays beautiful and unspoiled.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday September 2, 9 am to 1 pm.

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

After your “hard labor”, drive up to the Barton Flats Visitor Center and do some Christmas shopping! 20% off all Smokey Bear merchandise.

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

It’s Christmas plus Labor Day at Barton Flats!

Shop for Christmas at Barton Flats Visitor Center during September 2 through 4, Labor Day weekend.  20% off on all Smokey Bear merchandise!